Religious Right Groups Condemn Boy Scouts for Considering Allowing Gays

| by Michael Allen

Several Religious Right activists are furious after hearing news reports that the Boy Scouts of America may drop its national policy banning gays and hand over gay membership decisions to the local level, reports

American Family Association spokesman Bryan Fischer tweeted (pictured) that this move by the Boy Scouts of America would allow Jerry Sandusky-like pedophiles to become troop leaders.

Tony Perkins, of the Family Research Council, said in a press release: "The Boy Scouts of America board would be making a serious mistake to bow to the strong-arm tactics of LGBT activists and open the organization to homosexuality. What has changed in terms of the Boy Scouts' concern for the well-being of the boys under their care? Or is this not about the well-being of the Scouts, but the funding for the organization?"

"If the board capitulates to the bullying of homosexual activists, the Boy Scouts' legacy of producing great leaders will become yet another casualty of moral compromise. The Boy Scouts should stand firm in their timeless values and respect the right of parents to discuss these sexual topics with their children."

The Christian Post reported:

"It boggles my mind to think the BSA would make such a move," said an executive in the Southern Baptist Convention who asked not to be identified. "If they have counted the cost of this decision in terms of relationships and numbers, then I believe they have miscalculated that cost."